The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation was founded in 2002, in memory of LeRoy Homer, First Officer of United Airlines #93 when it crashed in Shanksville, PA on September 11th, 2001. The mission of The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation is to encourage and support young adults who wish to pursue careers as professional pilots. In addition, The Foundation promotes awareness about aviation careers to disadvantaged youth.
Since The Foundation began in 2002, fifteen scholarships have been granted. Fourteen recipients received their private pilot license. All but one individual is working in the field of aviation as follows:
Nine individuals have graduated from four year programs with degrees including aeronautical engineering, aeronautical science, aviation, flight technology, and aviation business. The Foundation’s first scholarship recipient recently completed his training for tailhook in the US Navy. Another has just been accepted into the Navy pilot program after going through the ROTC program. One recipient is currently serving in the US Marine Corp. Two female recipients have been selected for pilot slots in the US Air Force. There are currently five students still completing their undergraduate degrees as well as adding additional ratings – instrument, complex, commercial single engine etc. One recipient has recently become a certified flight instructor.